Office Closure Notice - Open for Emergencies ONLY!

Dear Patients, Families and Friends,

As our community copes with the fast-moving spread of Covid-19, coronavirus, we hope you and yours are in good health during this stressful time.

As you are aware, the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has issued warnings and precautions to health-care providers worldwide regarding Covid-19, Coronavirus.

Public officials have advised medical and dental providers to postpone elective procedures for a limited time while we social distance in the effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Patients with upcoming appointments that will have to be rescheduled will be notified by our team, on an ongoing basis as we wait for more understanding of this ever-changing situation.

We will continue to be available on a limited basis for dental emergencies only.

Should you experience a dental emergency, please call our main office phone number and leave a message. This phone number connects to our after-hours cell phone. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Before Call for an emergency you must read
We will continue our use of universal precautions, which includes use of our masks, gloves, surface barriers, and will always exceed the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization for all instruments per OSHA and CDC guidelines.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients, families and our community is of the utmost concern. Having said that, here are some precautions we’re asking you to take if you come in for an emergency:
  1. Please let us know as soon as possible if you start to experience any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment for another time.
  2. Please do not bring anyone to your appointments. If you need a ride, ask the person who drives you to your appointment to wait in their car until your appointment is concluded.
  3. Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after entering our office.
  4. We will also be monitoring temperatures prior to caring for you.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel welcome to call us at(828) 684-1633.When we are given the green-light to renew regular business operations, we will update you.

We thank you for your patience during this interruption and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able, happy and healthy.

Warm regards,
Dr. Chris Port and the Asheville Smile Center Team
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Existing Patients Call:
600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
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Dr. Christopher Port

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental team in Asheville, NC explains the difference between a filling & a crown

When a tooth is damaged or decayed, there are several treatments that can restore health and beauty to the smile. Two treatments that are safe and effective are fillings and crowns. Many patients will ask the Asheville Smile Center in Asheville, NC about the difference between a crown and a filling. We are happy to explain.

Filling & crown overview

When there is a cavity, a filling may be the best solution. Before the procedure, we will numb the affected tooth with local anesthetic. Then, one of our dentists will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Once the decay is removed, Dr. Christopher Port or Dr. Michael Hernandez will prepare the space by cleaning the area of debris and bacteria. He will fill the area where decayed material was removed with composite resin, a natural looking material. Composite resin is versatile and used to repair chipped or cracked teeth and brighten severely discolored teeth. After the dentist places the filling, he will polish the tooth so it blends beautifully with the smile.

Depending on the extent of decay or damage, the dentist may recommend a crown. This cap is placed on the affected tooth to protect and strengthen it. Before the procedure, the tooth will be numbed with local anesthetic. The tooth will then be minimally prepared to ensure the crown fits precisely. Like a filling, we can provide a crown in a single appointment. By utilizing CEREC technology, we can take a digital impression of the tooth. We display the image in 3-D before placing a block of ceramic in the milling chamber. The customized crown is checked for precise fit and color before being permanently bonded to the tooth. A ceramic crown is designed to blend naturally with surrounding teeth and can add radiance to your smile.

With either a filling or crown, it is critical to maintain your oral health. Brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will help you avoid oral conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease. At Asheville Smile Center, we can help you onto a path toward a healthy and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Port or Dr. Hernandez by calling (828) 585-4049 today.

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